Syntax for passing control value to SQL in Access VBA

Hi Experts,

I have an update query that runs an update via ADODB command, but I don't know how to pass the value of the form control to the SQL string. Here is what I have:

Private Sub Form_Close()

Dim myStr, strGroupSQL As String
Dim myRad24, myRad16, myRad4 As Boolean
Dim cmdCommand As ADODB.Command

Set cmdCommand = New ADODB.Command
Set cmdCommand.ActiveConnection = CurrentProject.Connection

myRad24 = Forms!frmLabels!radio24
myRad16 = Forms!frmLabels!radio16
myRad4 = Forms!frmLabels!radio4

strGroupSQL = "UPDATE Tbl_Persistent SET Radio24 = & myRad24 & "

cmdCommand.CommandText = strGroupSQL

End Sub

I know the issue is with the syntax for the control, but I don't know where to find the "rules" for how to treat the control to pass it in.


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Arthur_WoodConnect With a Mentor Commented:
For a Number (integer, double, any number type), not extra quotes:
" & myRad24
for dates:
#" & MyDate & "#"
k_smeeAuthor Commented:
OK..I got this to work by changing this:
strGroupSQL = "UPDATE Tbl_Persistent SET Radio24 =  " & myRad24 & ""

The variable myRad now has a double quote, ampersand on both sides, but it would still benice to know how the rules.
Since you are building an inline SQL statement, you need to escape any special characters.

So if you want your update statement to be:

update tbl_persistent set radio24 = "Tommy Boy"

where Tommy Boy is the value of forms!frmlabels!radio24, then that value can contain no special characters that would terminate the SQL.  So if the value were Tommy "AKA Tom" Boy, your resultant SQL statement would be:

update tbl_persistent set radio24 = "Tommy "AKA Tom" Boy"

The problem is that the " before AKA stops the string you are setting radio24 equal to and you will get an invalid syntax near AKA error.  To solve this, you can replace any single quotes with double quotes. by doing the following:

myRad24 = replace(Forms!frmLabels!radio24,"""", """""")
myRad16 = replaceForms!frmLabels!radio16 ,"""", """""")
myRad4 = replace(Forms!frmLabels!radio4 ,"""", """""")

Now this may look a bit confusing because there are more than one " in the lines, but even in this case, they need to be escaped.

so inside of the " " that creates a string, a "" represents the value of ".  So """" represents "", which will escape down to " once you execute strGroupSQL.
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k_smeeAuthor Commented:
My problem is I need to be able to dyanmically pass whatever value is in Forms!frmLabels!radio24. So I couldn't set a literal value like "Tommy Boy".

I know there are different syntax for passing in the value of different data types - this one is a boolean.
I just did trial and error. I don't know how to do it again.
What kind of value is the Field Radio24 in the Database?  If it is Text field, then the val7ue to be passed must be enclosed in quote marks '...'.  If it a numeric field, then you do not use the enclosing quote marks.
k_smeeAuthor Commented:
The field Radio24 is set "Yes/No". So that would be a boolean, correct?
I did say:
"So if you want your update statement to be:"

as arthur pointed out in http:#22712219, the use of quotes is dependent upon the data type of the field.  For example, datetime fields I believe need to be wrapped in # for access.
k_smeeAuthor Commented:
Gotcha, Brandon. I guess my main question at this point is there some guide to how to treat a variable like myRad24? So for a boolean this worked:

" & myRad24 & ""

For a date this might work:

# & myRad24 & #"

For the rest. I don't know...
k_smeeAuthor Commented:
What if it is set to String?
BrandonGalderisiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
k_smeeAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys!
Glad to be of assistance
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